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WorkSafeBC's 2014 construction high-risk strategy is a plan that involves the entire construction industry and focuses on 19 classification units where 72% of all construction-related loss time injuries occur.
On May 16, 2016, in the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia, Minister Bond tabled the WorkSafeBC 2015 Annual Report and 2016-2018 Service Plan. The annual report provides an audited review of our performance against targets set the previous year. It also includes our audited consolidated financial statements.
Drivers in communities throughout the Lower Mainland will experience an increase in road maintenance and construction "Cone Zones" this summer.
On April 28, thousands of workers, families, employers and union members remembered those who lost their lives on the job with ceremonies across British Columbia.
The Board of Directors approved consultation regarding the proposed changes to the OHSR resulting from Bill 35 and the Coroner’s Recommendations.
View industry-based data trends and patterns of work-related deaths so you can plan for health and safety in your workplace.
In this issue: Employer investigation requirements bring clarity; Staying ahead of the curve with WorkSafeBC’s Risk Analysis Unit; Effective safeguarding; and more.
On January 26, 2016, WorkSafeBC’s Board of Directors approved changes to the OHS Penalty Policies, following consultation in the fall of 2015.
On January 26, 2016, the Board of Directors approved proceeding with full stakeholder consultation on the development of an improved Partners Program. They also approved setting interim policies to be effective while consultation is underway.
After certain workplace incidents, employers are required to conduct a full investigation and submit a report to us within 30 days. You can now submit your report online.
On December 16, 2015 the Board of Directors of WorkSafeBC approved amendments to Item AP1-2-1, Exemptions from Coverage, in the Assessment Manual.
On December 16, 2015, WorkSafeBC's Board of Directors approved finalized policies relating to recent amendments to Part 3 of the Workers Compensation Act.
Bill 35 contains a number of changes to Part 3 of the Workers Compensation Act (the Act). This builds on the legislative changes made under Bill 9 earlier in 2015 that strengthened WorkSafeBC’s ability to promote and enforce occupational health and safety compliance in B.C. workplaces.
At their November meeting, WorkSafeBC's Board of Directors approved amendments to the application statement of the previously approved policy amendment for policy item #66.00, General Rule for Determining Long-Term Average Earnings.
At their November meeting, WorkSafeBC's Board of Directors approved amendments to the application statement of the previously approved policy amendment for policy item #50.00, Interest.
See the trends and patterns of serious injuries in your industry so you can plan for health and safety in your workplace to prevent those injuries.
On October 22, 2015, the Board of Directors approved the addition of new policy on plantar fasciitis.
On October 22, 2015, the Board of Directors approved the deletion of section 3.4 and consequential amendment to section 24.34 of the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation, B.C. Reg. 296/97.
On October 22, 2015, the Board of Directors approved the Lower Maximum Administrative Penalties Regulation and Item D12-196.1-1, Occupational Health & Safety Citations, of the Prevention Manual.
The Policy, Regulation and Research Division has prepared a discussion paper on Exemption from Coverage for Employers in the Trucking Industry (PDF 113kb) for stakeholder review and comment.
At their meeting on September 8, 2015, WorkSafeBC’s governing body, the Board of Directors, approved the release of a discussion paper with options and draft policies to stakeholders for comment.
The Board of Directors approved public hearings to be held in October 2015 regarding OHS Citations: new Lower Maximum Administrative Penalties Regulation and changes to the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation relating to Employer Incident Investigations.
On July 21, 2015, the Board of Directors approved changes to policy item #66.00, General Rule for Determining Long-Term Average Earnings, of the Rehabilitation Services & Claims Manual, Volume II.
See an overview of the remaining Bill 9 changes, related to compliance agreements, employer citations, request for reviews, and additional Board of Directors members, that came into force on September 15, 2015.
As part of the ongoing review of occupational health and safety policies, at its July 2015 meeting, the Board of Directors approved the deletion of three policies from the Prevention Manual, effective September 1, 2015.
The amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation relating to Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) 2015 came into effect on August 4, 2015.
Want to view employer penalties for health and safety violations? Our new penalties database allows you to search or browse by firm, amount, sector, year, or review or appeal status.
This video series highlights the character and pride of workers in construction, and shows the impact of bullying and harassment on workers in the industry. These videos were created in partnership with the BC Building Trades and Construction Labour Relations Association of BC.
See the latest report, detailing our progress on recommendations in the WorkSafeBC Review and Action Plan.
On May 27, 2015, the Board of Directors approved two new interim OHS policies regarding employer incident investigations and stop work orders. Housekeeping changes were also made to other related OHS policies.